The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has advocated for increased investment in education in Nigeria in the face of the havoc caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to it the current level of investment are grossly inadequate couple with lack of competent implementation of the education policy.

The NAS Capoon, Mr Abiola Owoaje in statement titled: International Day of Education: Need for Increased Investment in Education to mark this year event with the theme: ‘Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation’ said it would be a “monumental tragedy if Nigeria permits the pandemic to worsen what is already a pathetic state of affairs by adopting a lethargic posture in unfolding global Covid-19 recovery strategies.”

He urged the Federal Government to lead the charge in line with the international recovery plan to salvage education.

The statement read in part “Accessibility to schools and teachers for basic education are pathetically insufficient and inefficient, which is made worse by the poor facilities at many primary schools across the country. A good primary school education is the foundation of all future achievements for every citizen and it underpins any academic, vocational, and technical skills acquired in tertiary education. It is not just vital to the child, but also critical for our economy and to the development of the country.

We also call on all relevant stakeholders in Nigeria’s education system to collaborate with the government in this regard, and the larger Sustainable Development Goal 4 of making education key to all development efforts are met. Only by doing these can we foster a stronger and more prosperous universe built on the timeless precepts of genuine equity and ennobling shared humanity.”